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AMD Catalyst

Fglrx, or AMD Catalyst, is both more efficient and faster than the open source gallium driver, although the source code is closed, so the Linux developers can not edit the source code to fix a bug, for example.

It is not included in Fedora because it is proprietary, copyrighted software, and therefore does not adhere to F/LOSS standards.

Getting AMD Catalyst

Root is needed
All of the following commands will require superuser priveleges. Become root using:
$ su -


  • Update your kernel and reboot
# yum update kernel*
# shutdown -r now
  • Install dkms
# yum install dkms
  • Download and install the rpmfusion repositories (according to your Fedora version):
Fedora 18
RPM Fusion free
RPM Fusion nonfree
Fedora 17
RPM Fusion free
RPM Fusion nonfree
Fedora 16
RPM Fusion free
RPM Fusion nonfree
If your browser has downloaded these packages, as opposed to requesting to open the Fedora package installer, you may install them using the following command:
# yum install /path/to/package(s).rpm

Installing AMD Catalyst

  • Install the Catalyst driver and libraries
# yum install xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs
  • Install akmod for Catalyst
<pre># yum install akmod-catalyst
akmod vs. kmod
Many will be confused and mistakenly install kmod instead of akmod. Akmod is the preferred option, similar to dkms, in that is dynamically rebuilds the kernel module whenever a new kernel is installed